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F/Lt. R. W. Oxspring - 66 Squadron

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Robert Wardlow Oxspring was born in Sheffield on 22nd May 1919, the son of a World War 1 decorated pilot of the same name. He joined the RAF in March 1938 on a short service commission and joined 66 Sqn in the December and started operational flying in July 1940, flying throughout the Battle of Britain. His Spitfire X4170 was shot down by Bf109s over Kent on 25th October, baling out with slight injuries (Caterpillar Club Badge). He was awarded the DFC on 8th November. September 1942 saw him awarded a bar to the DFC. Moving to Mediterranean combat, it is thought probable that Oxspring was the pilot who shot down renowned German ace Anton Haffner of JG51 on 2 January 1943. Oxspring led his squadron to be the highest scoring in the North African theatre, and survived his second shooting down of the war, Oxspring was awarded a second bar to his DFC in February 1943. During the war Squadron Leader Oxspring had registered 13 solo kills with 2 shared, 2 probable kills and 4 solo V-1 Flying Bombs destroys and 1 shared. In 1946 he was awarded the Dutch Vligerkruis by Royal Decree of the 31st October 1946 appearing in the London Gazette on 10th January 1947. He was awarded an AFC in January 1949 after leading a team of 54 Sqn Vampires to Canada and the USA, the first jet aircraft to cross the Atlantic. He retired from the service with the rank of Group Captain, having been Station Commander of RAF Gatow, Germany, in 1968 and settled in Lincolnshire near to RAF Cranwell. He died on 8th August 1989.


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 Bobby Oxspring in his 66 Squadron Spitfire destroys an ME109 of JF/53 Ace of Spades Group, in a high level attack at 30,000 feet above Dover, 18th September 1940. Angels Three Zero by Robert TaylorClick For DetailsDHM2084
Group Captain Bobby Oxspring (deceased)


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The Luftwaffe had done everything in its power to pummel London into submission but they failed. By the end of September 1940 their losses were mounting. For weeks since the early days of September, London had been the main target for the Luftwaffe and during that time Luftwaffe High Command had grown increasingly despondent as their losses steadily mounted. Far from being on the brink of collapse RAF Fighter Command, though vastly outnumbered, had shown an incredible resilience. The fighting had reached a dramatic climax on Sunday 15th September when, bloodied and bruised, the Luftwaffe had lost the upper hand on a day of intense combat that had culminated with a humiliating retreat. Almost every day that had passed since then had seen the Luftwaffe do everything in its power to pummel London and regain the initiative, but the daylight raids were becoming increasingly costly. On Friday 27th September, 80 days after the Battle of Britain had officially begun, the Luftwaffe came once more, this time concentrating on the fastest bombers they had - Ju88s and Bf110s. And they came in force, principally targeting London and Bristol. Anthony Saunders' superb painting depicts one of these raids, this time by bombers from KG77 as they head over the Medway Estuary, east of the City of London, in an attempt to attack the capital's warehouses and docks. Among the many units defending the capital that day was 92 Squadron from Biggin Hill and Anthony portrays the Spitfire of Pilot Officer Geoffrey Wellum in his dramatic piece. With a deft flick of the rudder Wellum banks his fighter away to port seconds after sharing in the destruction of a Ju88. It was just one of more than 50 German aircraft destroyed by the RAF during the day.
Decisive Blow by Anthony Saunders.
 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1As of No.610 (County of Chester) Sqn RAAF, intercept incoming Heinkel 111H-16s of the 9th Staffel, Kampfgeschwader 53 Legion Condor during the big daylight raids on London of August and September 1940 - the climax of the Battle of Britain.  Spitfire N3029 (DW-K) was shot down by a Bf109 on the 5th of September 1940 and crash-landed near Gravesend, Kent, thankfully without injury to Sgt Willcocks, the pilot.  For the record, N3029 was rebuilt and, following some brief flying in the UK, was sent overseas by convoy to the Middle East.  Ironically, the ship carrying this aircraft was torpedoed en route and both ship and all its cargo were lost.

Close Encounter by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Posted to 64 Squadron on 1st July 1940, </a>the tragically short relationship of Sub Lt F Dawson Paul with the Spitfire was crammed with victories.  He immediately shared a Dornier Do17 off Beachy Head and, just four days later claimed a Messerschmitt Bf.109.  Further kills were confirmed over the next two weeks, among them five Bf.110s and another Do.17. His final victory was a Bf.109 on 25th, but on this day he fell to the guns of the German ace Adolf Galland.  Dawson Paul was rescued from the English Channel by a German E-boat, but died of his wounds five days later as a prisoner of war.

The Longest July by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Squadron Leader H C Sawyer is depicted here flying his 65 Sqn Spitfire Mk.1a R6799 (YT-D) in the skies above Kent on 31st July 1940 at the height of the Battle of Britain.  Chasing him is Major Hans Trubenbach of 1 Gruppe, Lehrgeschwader 2 in his Messerschmitt Vf109E-3 (Red 12) . The encounter lasted eight minutes with both pilots surviving.

High Pursuit by Ivan Berryman. (PC)

Battle of Britain History Timeline : 27th September
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
27September1940 Gruppenabschuss of ZG 26 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940 Tom Neil of No.249 Sqn RAF shot down a Ju88
27September1940 Tom Neil of No.249 Sqn RAF shot down a Ju88
27September1940 Tom Neil of No.249 Sqn RAF shot down a Me110
27September1940 Tom Neil of No.249 Sqn RAF shot down a Me110
27September1940Blenheim R3809 Mk.IV , RT-?, - Crashed in the English Channel. Sergeant F A R Wheeler killed, Sergeant T K Johnson killed, Sergeant D Hooker killed.
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O L. H. Schwind of 257, 43 & 213 Squadrons, was Killed.
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O M. G. DFC Homer of 242 & 1 Squadrons, was Killed.
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Sgt. C. Sydney of 19, 266 & 92 Squadrons, was Killed.
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O D. S. Smith of 616 Squadron, was Shot down (died next day).
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O E. Burgoyne of 19 Squadron, was Killed.
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O E. E. Males of 72 Squadron, was Killed.
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O E. M. Gunter of 43 & 501 Squadrons, was Killed.
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. R. B. DFC Meaker of 249 Squadron, was Killed.
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O P. J. Davis-Cooke of 72 & 610 Squadrons, was Killed.
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O P. M. Cardell of 603 Squadron, was Killed.
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O R. F. G. Miller of 609 Squadron, was Killed.
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. E. Scott of 222 Squadron, was Killed.
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. L. A. Dyke of 64 Squadron, was Killed.
27September1940British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. T. G. Oldfield of 64 & 92 Squadrons, was Killed.
27September1940Canadian Battle of Britain pilot, P/O O. J. Peterson of 1 RCAF Squadron, was Killed.
27September1940Feldwebel Karl Rüttger of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Feldwebel Otto Weßling of JG 3 shot down a
27September1940Feldwebel Walter Repple of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Feldwebel Werner Kauffmann of JG 53 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Feldwebel Willi Kothmann of JG 27 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Feldwebel Willi Kothmann of JG 27 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Feldwebel Willy Stephan of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Feldwebel Xaver Ray of JG 53 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Feldwebel Xaver Ray of JG 53 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Flight Lieutenant Charles Palliser of No.249 Sqn RAF shot down a Me109
27September1940Flight Lieutenant Charles Palliser of No.249 Sqn RAF shot down a Me109
27September1940Flight Lieutenant Charlton Haw of No.504 Sqn RAF shot down a Me110
27September1940Flight Lieutenant Kenneth McLeod Gillies of No.66 Sqn RAF shot down a Do17
27September1940Flying Officer Allan Wright of No.92 Sqn RAF shot down a He111
27September1940Flying Officer Allan Wright of No.92 Sqn RAF shot down a Ju88
27September1940Fuhrer Hans-Joachim Marseille of LG 2 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Gefr. Dr. Peter Werfft of JG 27 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Gefr. Dr. Peter Werfft of JG 27 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Gefreiter Brenkel of LG 1 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Gefreiter Max Weniger of LG 1 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Hauptmann Dietrich Hrabak of JG 54 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Hauptmann Dietrich Hrabak of JG 54 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Hauptmann Eduard Neumann of JG 27 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Hauptmann Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn of JG 53 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Hauptmann Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn of JG 53 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Hauptmann Helmut Wick of JG 2 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Hauptmann Herbert Eggers of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Hauptmann Johannes Janke of JG 77 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Hauptmann Walter Oesau of JG 51 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Hauptmann Walter Oesau of JG 51 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Hauptmann Wilhelm Balthasar of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Hauptmann Wilhelm Ensslen of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Leutnant Bernhard Malischewski of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Leutnant Botho Sommer of ZG 26 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Leutnant Botho Sommer of ZG 26 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Leutnant Erich Meyer of JG 51 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Leutnant Erich Schmidt of JG 53 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Leutnant Günther Büsgen of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Leutnant Horst Buddenhagen of JG 3 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Leutnant Hubert Grisslich of ZG 26 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Leutnant Hubert Mütherich of JG 77 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Leutnant Hubert Mütherich of JG 77 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Leutnant Karl Götze of LG 1 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Leutnant Karl Schulz of JG 53 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Leutnant Kurt Sidow of ZG 26 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Leutnant Otto Grote of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Leutnant Otto Grote of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Luftwaffe lost (131 aircraft confirmed shot down by fighters forty four ME109, forty seven ME110's eighteen JU88, seven DO215, Elevan HE111,three Do17 and one other aircraft with a possible further Nine ME109's Tweleve ME110, six JU88, two HE111 Two DO17 and two DO215 (33 possibles)
27September1940Major Werner Mölders of JG 51 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940New Zealand Battle of Britain pilot, F/O J. A. Paterson of 92 Squadron, was Killed.
27September1940Number of aircraft available to the Royal Air Force for service on this day was 684 with 391 Hurricanes, 214 Spitfires, 53 Blenheims, amd 19 Defiants and 7 Gladiators
27September1940Oberfahnrich Alfred Wehmeyer of ZG 26 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Oberfeldwebel Josef Pöhs of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Oberfeldwebel Josef Pöhs of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Oberfeldwebel Karl Hier of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Oberfeldwebel Oskar Strack of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Oberfeldwebel Werner Machold of JG 2 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Oberleutnant Arnold Lignitz of JG 51 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Oberleutnant Arnold Lignitz of JG 51 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Oberleutnant Erich Woitke of JG 3 shot down a Curtiss
27September1940Oberleutnant Ernst Düllberg of JG 27 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Oberleutnant Franz Hahn of JG 77 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Oberleutnant Gustav-Siegfried Rödel of JG 27 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Oberleutnant Gustav-Siegfried Rödel of JG 27 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Oberleutnant Hans Philipp of JG 54 shot down a
27September1940Oberleutnant Hans Philipp of JG 54 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Oberleutnant Hans Philipp of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Oberleutnant Hans Philipp of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Oberleutnant Herbert Ihlefeld of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Oberleutnant Herbert Ihlefeld of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Oberleutnant Hermann-Friedrich Joppien of JG 51 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Oberleutnant Karl Führing of JG 77 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Oberleutnant Otto Weckeiser of LG 1 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Oberleutnant Roloff von Aspern of JG 54 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Oberleutnant Roloff von Aspern of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Oberleutnant Roloff von Aspern of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Oberleutnant Rudolf Pflanz of JG 2 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Oberleutnant Viktor Mölders of JG 51 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Oberleutnant Wolfgang Ewald of JG 52 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Oberleutnant Wolfgang Redlich of JG 27 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Oberstleutnant Hans-Jürgen von Cramon of JG 53 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Oberstleutnant Theodor Rowehl of Aufklärungs-Gruppe des OBdL was awarded the Knight's Cross
27September1940Polish Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt T. Andruszkow of 303 Squadron, was Killed.
27September1940Royal Air Force lost 27 fighters with 18 pilots killed
27September1940Sgt. T Andruszkow of 303 Squadron was shot down over Horsham and killed when his aircraft, Hurricane V7246, crashed in flames at Holywych Farm, Cowden. Andruszkow was 19 years old and is buried in Northwood Cemetery, Middlesex
27September1940South African Battle of Britain pilot, F/O P. R. F. Burton of 249 Squadron, was Killed.
27September1940Sub Lieutenant Arthur Giles Blake of No.19 Sqn RAF shot down a Me109
27September1940Sub Lieutenant Arthur Giles Blake of No.19 Sqn RAF shot down a Me109
27September1940The Luftwaffe lost from Anti Aircraft fire 9 Aircraft
27September1940Unteroffizier Emil Kaiser of JG 27 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Unteroffizier Karl Kirschbaum of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Unteroffizier Kurt Wolff of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Unteroffizier Otto Weßling of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Unteroffizier Paul Lege of JG 27 shot down a Hurricane
27September1940Unteroffizier Rudolf Ehrenberger of JG 53 shot down a Spitfire
27September1940Unteroffizier Rudolf Seufert of LG 1 shot down a Spitfire
Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 27th September
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
27September1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt. R. A. L. Knight of 23 Squadron, was Killed.
27September1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O J. Waddingham of 141 Squadron, was Killed.

 

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